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MYN: Rachel Burrus

Tanner Cook • Oct 14, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Photography is one of the purest forms of art and Rachel Burrus knows that better than anyone else.

“Photography is all together a tool to communicate ideas and express emotions in ways that no other method can,” Burrus, a 2016 graduate of King University, said.

Burrus said she was artistically inclined at an early age and was drawn to art because of the power to create a piece from a blank canvas.

The Bluff City native majored in digital media art and design while at King and became the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper in her sophomore year.

“I took away skills and knowledge that helped me transition to a professional career,” she said. “As a reporter, the connections I made and relationships I built gave me the confidence to approach challenging situations.”

After she graduated, Burrus began establishing her own photography business specializing in portraiture. She quickly realized that in spite of the knowledge she acquired with her degree, building a business from the ground up is not as simple as hanging up a shingle.

“Having my own business — especially photography — I’m not just a photographer. I’m an up-and-coming entrepreneur who has a vision, the manager who oversees the details and the artist who is creative. It’s like having four jobs at once,” she said.

Being stretched to her thinnest at times, Burrus still spends time with her friends and family, which helps her get away from the stress of constantly editing and culling through hundreds upon hundreds of images.

“When I go somewhere, I like to take pictures just for fun,” she said. “It’s my passion and my escape. Weddings are both a pleasure and a pain, but in the end I help document a couple’s most definitive day.”

One of her favorite places that she has photographed was in Tuscany, Italy when she traveled with a group from King during the summer of 2016.

“I liked the rich history of Tuscany. It was a plethora of sights, textures and light. It was outside of home. Being in a foreign place made me realize just how small I was and how big the world truly is.”

For more information about Burrus and her work, visit her Facebook page at Rachel Kathleen Photography or her website at www.rachelkathleen.photography.

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